Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Feel All Fancy And Stuff!

The Captain and I went to Bi-Mart today to look for canning supplies and other odds and ends.

With the new zeal in cooking lately, I wanted to price out a hand blender so I don't have to scoop out soups into the blender to puree only to pour it back into the pot. With a hand blender I can puree in the pot and save myself some time and clean up.

Well I found this Oster 3-in-1 Hand blender that has more power (350 Watt) than the standard (250 Watt) and it was on sale on only $6.00 more than the standard one.

So for $29.00 (The Oster website sells this for $53!!!) I scored this--

Yes, I am all fancy with an electric knife! I've never had one before but after using it tonight I am so glad I do now! Anything to save my blown out shoulder.

It did such a good job on cutting my brisket into thin, thin slices for the Sol Long Tang (Korean Soup) that I made tonight (see recipe below).

Up until two years I didn't own a food processor (I've always used a big chef's knife and a cutting board) or a stand-mixer (uh, it was just me and my wooden spoon and a bowl).

But thanks to Nana and Papa and my 40th birthday, we now have both.

My shoulders are happy and I can cook and bake more without feeling so exhausted.

Yea for us :)

The recipe for the soup is so simple and very delicious.
So far every recipe I've tried from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook has been fantastic.

Korean Soup (Sol Long Tang)
© Sally Fallon from Nourishing Traditions 1999,2001

• 1 and 1/2 quarts beef stock

• 1/2 pound beef brisket, sliced very thin

• 1/2 C brown rice

• 1/2 C buckwheat or brown rice noodles**, broken into pieces

• 2 T naturally fermented soy sauce (like Kikoman)

Bring stock and rice to boil and skim. Add brisket and soy sauce and simmer for 1 hour.
About 10 minutes before serving add noodles.

That's it. I topped it with chopped green onions and it was so delicious.

**A word of caution on brown rice noodles. They are not all the same! Andrea found this brand named Tinkyada and it is excellent. The texture is like good durum wheat and it does not disintegrate when you boil it. I have found it in most "natural" sections of the major grocery stores. I swiped the picture from Amazon so you could see the package :)

This recipe serves 6 so I doubled it for our family and it fed 5 adults and 4 children. There was nothing leftover :O )



Ann said...

yummy...can't wait to try it:) I have a cheapy little hand blender. It works pretty well making hummus (no food processer) and applesauce and such. You are going to LOVE it!!! But I like that it has the knife too...hmmm..might be time to upgrade:) hehehehehe

~Cyndi said...

2 comments - Tinkyada is the brand of choice for celiacs! All of their noodles are excellent and nearly impossible to overcook - awesome al dente noodles.

Also, I've been looking for a good immersion blender. I want one for soups, but specifically to froth warm milk. Would the one that you got make a nice frothy cup of soy milk that my dd would think came from Starbucks?

Looking for something??